"Griesgraber is a contemporary colorist. His paintings definitely pack a punch that is unforgettable. 'Cracked' is one of those wonderful upbeat works with the polychromatic palette with geometric abstraction formation."
Curator, Professor of Art,
University of Nebraska
Artist Michael Griesgraber knows how to make color go through its paces. His hard-edge geometric paintings employ saturated hues that contest with one another for visual prominence, resulting in dynamic configurations that perpetually realign. Calling upon the variable perception of a color in relation to others, he masterfully orchestrates ever-shifting groupings and spatial readings, with any component having the capacity to advance or recede. For the mutable ordering of surface and depth to be set in motion, each color must hold its own, and Griesgraber’s palette has muscle.
Michael Griesgraber was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and grew up not far from the Mississippi river that divides the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
His parents, George, a building contractor, and Catherine, a housewife and church volunteer, were devout Catholics who raised five children, three boys and two girls, with Michael the eldest.
After getting his BFA in studio arts from the University of Minnesota, he attend Syracuse University, earning an MFA in advertising design, studying with Herb Lubalin, Lou Dorfsman and Don Trousdell.
Griesgraber’s early career included stints as a photographer in the Navy, a graphic designer for the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and an ad agency account executive. His years in advertising and marketing included working for a number of technology companies including Control Data, Seagate Technology, Nortel and Zebra, as well as BBDO, the world’s most-awarded advertising agency.
Currently living in Las Vegas, Nevada, Griesgraber devotes himself full time to being an artist. He has exhibited in numerous shows from California to New York, and his art is in many collections both public and private.
In 2013 the artist, Michael Griesgraber, was honored with a one-man show at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art. The exhibition, consisting of 50 paintings, all in a square format, explored the relationship of colors to one another in geometric patterns based on linear geometry. This hard cover, full color, 8 ½” x 8 ½“, 154 page book contains many of those paintings, as well as others in the series the artist calls “Colors Square Routes”.
The title itself is a play on words. Spoken, one does not know if “colors” is a plural or singular. Written without an apostrophe it’s plural, spoken it can be a singular possessive noun. Similarly, spoken, “Routes” can mean the origin of or “root” cause. Square Root is also a mathematical term, but the word route is a direction or path. It seems the artist is having as much fun with words as he does with his joyful, colorful paintings.